Winter Quilt Show
The friendship/signature quilt clearly captured the cultural tradition of the time, as nearly every signature block did not identify the woman who signed it, but the identity of her spouse.
I remember my mom and neighbor ladies were identified by their husbands' names as if they did not have an individual identity. My mother signed legal documents and checks with "Mrs." plus my father's name many years after my dad died. It was simply the way it was in those days.
Fast forward into the late 1960s when I, too, made a signature quilt. I asked women to sign their names on the quilt blocks, which I later embroidered. Only one woman signed with "Mrs." plus her husband's name.
Quilts are more than pieces of fabric sewn together: they are curators of cultural traditions and history.